A local principal is being honored Friday in Washington DC as one of 59 school leaders chosen as this year’s National Distinguished Principals.
Paula Southard-Stevens is the principal of both the Charlestown Middle School and North Charlestown Community School, and learned of the honor earlier this year. The recognition adds to a long list of accolades that includes 2010 Administrator of the Year as voted by the New Hampshire Association of Educational Office Professionals, and numerous others.
The National Distinguished Principals Program began in 1985, and coincides with National Principals Month.
The two day festivities kicked off Friday with opening remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.